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What is the moving cost from east to west coast?

September 30th, 2015 - 1:53 PM

Are you moving coast to coast?

If you’re moving from sea to shining sea, you have a big task ahead of you. From coast to coast, you could be traveling as far as 3,000 miles – that’s a long trip no matter how you do it. When it comes to choosing how you’ll get your belongings across the country, you’ll find there are several options available, each with unique costs and components, which we’re about to break down for easier comparisons. But the most important question is, "how much does it cost?”

The price depends on which type of moving service you choose. Let’s explore the options.

cost to move from the east to west coast

Of course, the more you can do, the less you’ll pay. If you can handle your own packing, loading, and unloading, U-Pack offers big savings. Load a trailer or container at your home, we drive it across the country to your new home, and when you’re finished unloading, we pick it up. The price compares to truck rental, but you don’t have to drive the 2,000-3,000 miles in a large box truck. That kind of ease and convenience make U-Pack a popular option for long distance moving.

U-Pack offers instant moving quotes online, so it’s easy to see exactly how much it costs for your coast-to-coast move.

What Options are Available?

Since not all movers are capable or licensed for interstate moving, your options might be limited when it comes to moving from the east to west coast. Here are some of your options:

You pack, we drive

This is a nice mix of “do-it-yourself” and “do-it-for-me” moving. You pack and load your belongings and an experienced driver moves it across the country. It’s what U-Pack does best!. You control the flexible pricing, which means you only pay for the space you use, regardless of what you reserve (down to a 5 ft. minimum in a trailer).

With U-Pack, you load up the moving equipment, then head out across the country however you want: by plane, train, or car. Track your shipment 24/7 while it’s in transit, then take a few days to unload once it arrives to your new home. Most shipments make it from coast to coast in just 6-8 business days, so your belongings arrive fast.

Portable moving and storage containers

These ground-level units are dropped off at your home for you to load, then they're transported to your new home. It's an excellent solution for moving a small house or apartment from west to east coast or vice versa, especially if parking is limited.

The U-Pack portable moving and storage container is called a ReloCube. It’s a metal, weatherproof container secured with your own padlock. We can store it or deliver to your door for unloading – whatever fits your needs. Get a free moving quote to determine your U-Pack moving cost for a ReloCube (with or without storage). Check here for info on comparing PODS® prices to U-Pack.

Rental trucks

When you’re moving just down the street, truck rental is a cheap way to move. But when you’re moving from coast to coast, that may not be the case.  

If you were to drive 65 mph the entire way, it would take approximately 46 hours to drive 3,000 miles. And if you drive 10 hours a day, it will take about 4.5 days to get there. If you tow a vehicle and drop your speed to the recommended 55 mph, it would take about 55 hours or 5.5 days. That’s a long time to spend in a rental truck! Don’t forget to include the ‘soft costs’ that accompany rental trucks, like extra meals on the road, hotel stays, and road tolls.

It’s also worth noting that truck rental rates do not include fuel. If you’re driving coast to coast in a rental truck, you can expect to pay a pretty penny for a 2,000+ mile trip. A trip from Boston to San Francisco will cost around $1,000 to gasup an average-sized rental truck. Of course, as gas prices increase, so does your cost. Use the rental truck fuel calculator to figure out the additional cost of fuel for your move.

Full-Service Moves

With full-service movers, you'll get a more hands-off approach to moving because you’re paying others to do all the work. Full-service movers will handle the packing, loading, driving and unloading for you. Note that full-service prices are usually based on the weight of your shipment, which can be tough to estimate. Since they do all the work for you, it’s usually the most expensive way to move. You’ll also often find longer transit times with traditional full-service options, ranging anywhere from 14 to21 days.

Calculate Your East to West Coast Moving Cost

The price to move coast to coast differs based on where you’re moving from and to, how much you’re moving and when you’re moving – but getting a quote from U-Pack is easy. Just enter the details online, or call a helpful moving consultant at 800-413-4799.

If you need help planning your coast-to-coast move, we’re here to help! Call us, check out our Facebook page or leave a comment.

Fun Coast-to-Coast Facts!

U.S. cities with more than 3,000 miles between them (not a comprehensive list):  

  • Lubec, ME to San Diego, CA is 3,342 miles
  • Boston, MA to Eureka, CA is 3,224 miles
  • Los Angeles, CA to Bangor, ME is 3210
  • Portland, ME to Portland, OR is 3,188 miles
  • Santa Maria, CA to Montpelier, VT is 3,076 miles
  • Concord, NH to Olympia, WA is 3,065 miles
  • Providence, RI to Seattle, WA is 3,030 miles
  • Bellingham, Washington to Charleston, SC is 3022 miles
  • Myrtle Beach, SC to Olympia, WA is 3,017 miles
  • New York, NY to Monterey, CA is 3,006 miles

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